Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns News & Picks
Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns Odds
|Cincinnati Bengals||+6 -115||44 -110o||+215|
|Cleveland Browns||-6 -105||44 -110u||-255|
**Odds as of 09/18**
Straight Up (Gilad Chudler)
Thursday night will feature an epic battle between two Ohio football teams, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.
The Bengals went to L.A. on Sunday, losing to the Chargers 16-13 in a low scoring affair. The big news coming out of Cincinnati this week is the impressive play shown by young quarterback Joe Burrow. He had a solid NFL debut and has given local fans hope that this rookie will bring success to this franchise.
The Cleveland Browns did not have such a close game, not by a longshot. They were absolutely dominated by the Ravens and lost 38-6. Not the way you want to start your season, but also not a complete surprise that their first game ended like that. Young QB Baker Mayfield also made several major mistakes during the game. If this team wants to have any hope of a decent season, they have some serious work to do.
Considering the way the Browns played in Week 1, +205 on the moneyline seems like pretty generous odds for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Against the Spread (Sebastian Morera)
Despite the fact that both the Bengals and Browns are coming off losses, the NFL odds are favoring Cleveland heavily. This is a bit surprising considering Cleveland suffered a 38-6 blowout loss at the hands of the reigning AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals on the other hand, saw their rookie quarterback mount a 14-play, 69-yard drive that would’ve tied the game had the Randy Bullock not missed a 31-yard field goal. Joe Burrow finished with 193 passing yards, an interception and a rushing touchdown to boot in the Bengals’ opener against the Chargers.
Cleveland struggled immensely. The Browns gave up 270 passing yards and 107 rushing yards against the Ravens. Lamar Jackson delivered 45 of those 107 rushing yards so it’s clear the agile quarterback enjoyed success on the ground. And since Burrow also has some wheels, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the rookie have success rushing against Cleveland as well. For this reason, I’m taking the upset pick Cincinnati.
Over/Under (Zack Robinson)
What a great opportunity for rookie QB Joe Burrow, who will be looking for his first NFL victory against a divisional rival without a soul, at least that was the impression the Cleveland Browns left in Week 1.
The Browns struggled against the Baltimore Ravens and scored only six points (two FG). QB Baker Mayfield threw for just 189 yards and none of their running backs surpassed the 75 yards mark.
Joe Burrow looked king of good against the Los Angeles Chargers, but that was not enough. The Bengals scored 13 points (zero in the second and fourth quarter); it’s clear that Burrow needs more time to develop more chemistry with his receivers, including veteran AJ Green who returned after missing the 2019 season. The total has gone under in five of Cleveland’s last five games played on a Thursday; go under once again.
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